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Perception Surveys

The Kansas State Department of Education is providing perception surveys, free of charge, to schools/districts interested in gathering perception data from students, staff and community members.

The four surveys are designed for students in grades 3 -5, 6-12, district educators and parents. Each respective group will take only one survey.

Each survey is preceded with a letter of explanation and an “opt out” letter for students. School districts may modify the letter if necessary. However, the survey is not to be altered. These surveys have been professionally designed, researched and piloted in Kansas school districts.

Should a system elect to use these surveys, the resulting data could be used as evidence in the accreditation process early in the 5-year cycle. Survey data can be used in the development of improvement plans or to support the outcomes of a district needs assessment.

KSDE will never ask for personally identifiable information related to these surveys. Surveys are to be used solely by schools and districts with the intent of school/district improvement. Any survey data provided to the public is voluntary and should be aggregate data included on a school or district accreditation dashboard or results page.

Schools/districts should feel free to use these surveys and their results as needed. How the surveys are administered – paper/pencil, Survey Monkey, Google Form, etc. – is up to the school/district.

Letter about Educator Survey (docx)
Educator Survey (pdf)

Letter about Parent Survey (docx)
Parent Survey (pdf)

Letter (to Parents) about Student Survey (docx)
Grades 3-5 Student Survey (pdf)
Grades 6-12 Student Survey (pdf)

DEFINITION: Successful Kansas High School Graduate

A SUCCESSFUL KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE has the  academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills, and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce without the need for remediation.”
                                                                                                                                 Adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education, January 2016

K-12 Accreditation Contacts

Director of Accreditation and Design
Jay Scott

Assistant Director
Myron Melton

Sarah Perryman

Administrative Specialist
Andrea Pagán


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